In honor of the Pokémon games' recent 20th anniversary, The Pokémon Company has released figures detailing its sales over the past two decades. As it turns out, the massively successful series that has spanned seven generations has sold more than 200 million copies globally!
Making this figure even more impressive, these sales only include the "mainline series of games" according to Forbes. That means only the central games were counted, like Red and Blue (Green in Japan) all the way up to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. In total, the number of copies sold is close to 210 million.
Taking into account the spinoff games (like the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series and my personal favorite, Pokémon Pinball), the cumulative total of Pokémon games sold is 279 million.
Plus, these numbers don't factor in the massive amounts of merchandise that sold like gangbusters back in the day and still do an impressive business. The Pokémon cards alone must have provided a huge boon to the company, with nearly every kid at my middle school filling multiple binders with as many holofoil cards as possible.
Best of all for Pokémon's bottom line, the games are not exceedingly expensive to create, and many of the fans have supported them from childhood well into adulthood. With numbers like these, it's safe to say that that this trend will only continue once we finally get Pokémon Sun and Moon.